Susan F. Wood, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, where she directs the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health. She served as Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health and Director of the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women’s Health (OWH) from November 2000 through August 2005. She resigned on principle over the continued delay of approval of emergency contraception over-the-counter by FDA.
If not enough women and people of color are included in clinical trials, it is not possible to determine how they’re affected by the new drug or device. And without this information women, particularly women of color, can’t make informed decisions about the medical products available.
Dr. Susan Wood discusses the recent misuse of science and data as part of the decision by the Secretary of HHS to overrule the scientific determination by the FDA Commissioner on bringing Plan B fully over the counter.
Today, women are able to access emergency contraception, a safe, second chance option for preventing unintended pregnancy in a timely manner without a prescription. Senator Hillary Clinton is the leader that made this happen.